How Many Degrees of Jeremy Northam?

2 Dec

Remember the old Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game? About seven or eight months ago I had confirmation that I had joined the ranks of the Truly Jeremy-Obsessed when I found myself playing Six Degrees of Jeremy Northam. But maybe you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. I’ll explain/remind you: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a kind of trivia game that started in 1994 when three college students were watching Footloose (1984). The idea was that you could link anyone in “Hollywood” to Kevin Bacon in six degrees or less because it seemed as though the actor had worked on a movie with everyone—or had worked with someone who had worked with everyone.

Kevin Bacon

The game was based on the “six degrees of separation” idea that you can connect any two people on the planet through five or fewer acquaintances using their relationships to one another (family, friends, neighbors, classmates, work colleagues, etc). Each relationship is a “degree.” In Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon the relationship is simply that the two people appeared together in a movie.

The game was extremely popular in the ‘90s and the concept has remained a fixture in pop culture. There are a book, a board game, and several web sites devoted to “6D of KB.” Bacon himself spoofed the idea in a Visa commercial several years ago. A recent article about a favorite actress of mine, Laura Linney, referred to the game as a measure of how prolific and varied her career has been. The article emphasized this by saying you would only need three or four degrees in her case, not six. (“The Age of Laura Linney,” by Frank Bruni, New York Times Magazine, 7/28/10)

Six Degrees of Jeremy Northam was born when I began trying to link the stars of every movie I saw with the inimitable Mr. N. Somewhat to my surprise, I found I could often do it in a lot less than six degrees. Now, I should confess that I’m not very good at either this game or the one with Kevin Bacon. The problem is that I don’t see a lot of movies these days and very few of those I do see are big blockbusters. So, I’m sure most of you will be much better at Six Degrees of Jeremy Northam than I am!

As Sir Thomas More

In spite of this handicap, I have concluded that Jeremy’s magic number is two. That such a small number of degrees can connect him to many actors stops being surprising when you consider he’s worked in all three acting media (movies, theater and TV), on both sides of the Atlantic, and in a wide variety of genres—despite having appeared in so many “wing collar” period dramas that the poor man seems to feel are the bane of his existence. Rather, it makes sense that an actor who has often said he looks for different kinds of roles and dreads being typecast would have worked with a great number of people. A close connection to so many of his fellow actors is only to be expected from an actor gifted enough to play both Dean Martin and Sir Thomas More, a devilish hit man as well as an upright gendarme, one of Jane Austen’s most beloved heroes and the borderline-psychotic commander of an American army base, and both a nebbishy hen-pecked husband and a sexy, helicopter- and sailboat-piloting spy. Especially since, as we all well know, the last two contrasting characters are actually in the same movie! *

Jeremy in 'Cypher'

Some basic rules of Six Degrees of Jeremy Northam (arbitrarily determined by yours truly):

1)     Any of JN’s costars in movies, TV shows or the theater are eligible. (The original game uses movies only.)

2)     The “target” actor should be roughly a contemporary of JN. (I’ll leave trying to connect JN to stars of yesteryear such as Charles Laughton and Rita Hayworth to the more advanced players.)

3)     Neither targets nor “link” actors need still be living.

In 'Three Sisters' with Vanessa, Lynn and Jemma Redgrave

4)     Directors can be used to make connections, but only under dire circumstances. (Using Steven Spielberg as a link feels like cheating somehow.)

5)     In keeping with Jeremy’s sensibilities about separating his personal life from his professional life, in 6D of JN only professional relationships are used. You can link Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, for example, only because they have acted together in several films, most recently The Woodsman (2004), and not because they are married. But, if Corin Redgrave never worked with either of his actor sisters, Vanessa and Lynn, or with his daughter, Jemma, then you can’t use their family relationship to connect them. (If that were indeed the case, JN could link him to the other members of his family: he and JN appeared in Enigma together and JN was in a production of Chekov’s The Three Sisters with the three female Redgraves.)

With Kate Beckinsale in 'The Golden Bowl'

Here’s an example of how a game of 6D of JN goes. I saw a wonderful, quirky little film a few weeks ago called The Maiden Heist (2009). Its stars are Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman and William H. Macy. Macy’s easy: he and Jeremy co-starred in Happy, Texas. Freeman took a moment’s thought before I remembered he and Northam were both in Amistad. So, 1 Degree of Jeremy Northam for each of those terrific actors. As for Christopher Walken, he required a bit more pondering. Then I remembered his turn as a crazed remote control salesman in the Adam Sandler movie Click (2005). Kate Beckinsale played Sandler’s wife in that movie, and we know Beckinsale was in The Golden Bowl with Jeremy. Walken to Beckinsale to Northam: 2 degrees. And there you have it!

With Toni Collette in 'Emma'

After successfully linking Jeremy with many of the actors in the movies I watched, I then started thinking up Big Hollywood Names and trying to connect him with them. Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson, and George Clooney were the first four off the top of my head. I thought I was picking someone worlds away from Jeremy with Bruce Willis, until I had a “Duh!” moment: Bruce was in The Sixth Sense (1999) with Toni Collette who was in Emma with Jeremy! As for Julia Roberts, I remembered how Duplicity (2009) had disappointed me. I had so wanted the pairing of Roberts and Clive Owen in it to be an electric one. Oh well, at least the film gave me a connection to Jeremy! (Owen and Northam were in Gosford Park together, just in case you’re having a temporary brain freeze.) Jack Nicholson starred in The Bucket List (2007) with Morgan Freeman, and we’ve already seen how Freeman links to Jeremy. George Clooney was in Michael Clayton (2007) with Tilda Swinton, who starred with Jeremy in The Statement. That makes 2 Degrees of Jeremy Northam for each of those four big Hollywood hitters. Pretty impressive, Jer!

With Tilda Swinton in 'The Statement'

Two actors who take three degrees to get to Jeremy: First, Heath Ledger was in Brokeback Mountain (2005) with Anne Hathaway who was in Becoming Jane (2007) with Helen McCrory (she played gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe), who was in a 2004 staging of the Harold Pinter play Old Times with Jeremy. And then there’s Will Smith—this one took me a while! Smith was in a movie called Hancock (2008) with Charlize Theron, who was in The Cider House Rules (1999) with Michael Caine, who of course starred in The Statement with Jeremy.

As I pulled actors’ names from things I read, saw or heard I sometimes made 6D of JN more complicated than it needed to be. I was wending my way towards Harry Connick, Jr through Northam costar Ewan McGregor (Emma) via Renee Zellweger (McGregor and Zellweger were in Miss Potter, 2006), who was in a romantic comedy from last year called New in Town with HC,Jr, when I realized the shorter route was to just go through Sandra Bullock (The Net); she starred in Hope Floats (1998) with HC,Jr.

Sometimes a very small Northam role reaps big rewards. Those scorching seduction scenes with Emma Thompson in Carrington were the source I drew from to connect Jeremy to Queen Latifah (Stranger Than Fiction, 2006), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Junior, 1994), Denzel Washington (Much Ado About Nothing, 1993), and the above-mentioned Laura Linney (Love Actually, 2003). Thompson’s versatility links Jeremy to the wide array of her costars.

Now, if it takes you more than three degrees to get to any actor in the British Isles, you’re just not trying! In fact, with actors from this part of the world there’s often more than one route to get to Jeremy. For instance, Irishman Gabriel Byrne. He was in a film called Dark Obsession in 1990. Douglas Hodge and Judy Parfitt were both in that movie, so you can get to Jeremy through A Fatal Inversion or Dean Spanley. How about Keira Knightley? You can use either Romola Garai, her costar in Atonement (2007), who was in Glorious 39 with Jeremy, or the trusty Emma Thompson again to reach him through Carrington, she and Knightley were in Love Actually together. And Colin Firth, who will likely receive his second consecutive Academy Award nomination come January. Two of my favorite Northam costars have also starred opposite Firth: Jennifer Ehle was in both Possession and the mini-series Pride & Prejudice (1995), and Julianne Moore was in An Ideal Husband and last year’s A Single Man. All roads may have once led to Rome; nowadays they seem to lead to Jeremy Northam.

With Judy Parfitt in 'Dean Spanley'

And Mr. Bacon himself? Easy peasy, folks! Jeremy starred (as we know) in Happy, Texas with William H. Macy, who played a District Attorney in a film called Murder in the First (1995) which starred, ta da!, Kevin Bacon.

I’ll leave you with three to try on your own: link Jeremy to Johnny Depp, Mikhail Barishnikov and Steve Martin. In each case, it should take only two degrees to get you there.

*Just in case there are some Jeremy newbies reading this, here are the characters I referred to and the films they come from, in order: Dean Martin in Martin and Lewis, Sir Thomas More in The Tudors, Jack Devlin in The Net, Col. Roux in The Statement, Mr. Knightley in Emma, Lane Woolwrap in Guy X, and Morgan Sullivan and Sebastian Rooks in Cypher.

I used information from the Wikipedia entries for both Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and the six degrees of separation concept. Both are worth checking out if you’re so inclined:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Degrees_of_Kevin_Bacon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation

There’s a site called Cinema FreeNet Movie Connector (http://www.cinfn.com), which will provide links between actors—and also directors and producers if you need them. Just type in your “source” and your “target” and voila! However, there is one huge drawback to this site: it isn’t current. It seems to have been last updated in 2003 and doesn’t list any JN film after The Golden Bowl! That’s a full ten years of Northamness missing! But if you find yourself awake at 3am wondering how to connect Jeremy to someone, you might find your answer there.

Please note that I omitted the dates of Jeremy’s movies and TV programs. It was getting too cumbersome to include them with all the other movie names and dates. Here’s the link to his IMDb listing for any Northam information you haven’t already committed to memory:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000562/

Finally, my thanks to Joan for bringing the Laura Linney article to my attention.

by LauraP

Ed. Thanks to Debra, Skippy and Joan for images.

49 Responses to “How Many Degrees of Jeremy Northam?”

  1. Gayle Cooley December 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Dang Woman, you are good at this!! I am absolutely horrible at it, but loved reading how you made the links. This was too much fun!

    • LauraP December 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it, Gayle! It was a lot of fun to do.

      My hubby even got in on the action. He’s been trying to link JN with his hero, Bob Dylan, today. Dylan has acted in a few things, so it’s not as far fetched as it sounds!

      • Gill Fraser Lee December 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

        I’ve got my husband onto that one too … we’re going via Kris Kristofferson, but we’re struggling! Do put us out of our misery if Mr LP finds a way!

        • Gill Fraser Lee December 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

          Okay, done!! Jeremy > Sam Neill > Harvey Keitel (The Piano) > Kris Kristofferson (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) > Bob Dylan (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid!

          • Jenny Ketcham January 25, 2011 at 1:36 am #

            I know it’s a bit unorthodox, but if you allow a link to someone “playing” Bob Dylan, you can use Cate Blanchett who played Dylan/Jake in “I’m Not There”. She was with JN in Ideal Husband. This also allows a link with Heath Ledger who was another version of Dylan in the film called Robbie this time and Richard Gere as Billy/Dylan, and Christian Bale as Jack/Dylan. Once you link him to Christian, theres a whole lot more “threes” going on. Busy, those CB’s…

  2. Gill Fraser Lee December 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Thank you, Laura, this is such fun! Of course, now I’m driving myself mad by trying to connect Jeremy and Charles Laughton!! I’ve just about done it, I think … via ‘Amistad’ (Peter Firth > Richard Burton > John Wayne > Maureen O’Hara > Charles Laughton), but maybe it can be done better (Jenny???)? You know I’m going to be awake at night now!!
    Brilliant, thanks so much for doing this! xx

    • LauraP December 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

      You’re very welcome, Gill! It looks great. Where did you find the pic from the Three Sisters? It’s fabulous! (My money’s on Joan.)

      I had Jenny in mind, too, when I mentioned Charles Laughton and Rita Hayworth. She’ll probably rock this game!

      • Gill Fraser Lee December 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

        You are spot on, it was Joan! I knew I’d seen it, couldn’t find a copy, but Joan came up trumps. She is a treasure x

        • Jenny Ketcham January 25, 2011 at 1:46 am #

          Charles Laughton in Spartacus with
          Jean Simmons who did her last movie Shadows in the Sun with
          James Wilby who was in Gosford Park with JN
          How’s that?

          • LauraP February 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

            Wow! Charles Laughton in 3 degrees! CL to Jean S is one, JS to James Wilby is two, and JW to JN is three. I like it!

            Big Jeremy bonus points to you, Jenny! 🙂

  3. Rosamond Tifft December 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Dearest Gill, THIS IS A SMASHING IDEA!!!!

    i AM SO IMPRESSED WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND RESEARCH…jEREMY SHOULD REALLY BE IN ON SOME OF WHAT IS PRESENTED HERE, i FEEL HE’D ENJOY AND APPRECIATE IT AS MUCH AS WE DO. i’M IN AWE OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. And right on top of the touching birthday salute. This sort of devotion and high flyin’ madness pays off, in the sheer happiness it brings us.
    Thank you, oh loyal and trustworthy one…and this devotion pays off for you in the sheer joy it brings you to bring others closer to Jeremy.xxxx Rosie

    • Gill Fraser Lee December 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

      Laura did a wonderful job (I wish I could take the credit, but the work and talent is all hers!). I agree, it’s great fun, and if it introduces more people to Jeremy’s work, so much the better. xxxx

      • LauraP December 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

        I’m glad you liked the piece, Rosamond!

        I hope, as you say, Mr. Northam would enjoy this and not think I’m completely insane. And I agree with you and Gill that it would be a great thing if the game introduces more people to his work.

  4. Agi December 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    I found Johnny Depp in 2 steps.

    Jeremy played with the wonderful Kate Winslet in Enigma, who played with Johnny in the wonderful film Finding Neverland.

    Can I have a question as well?

    Link Jeremy with James Mcavoy! I know, he is younger, but his talent makes him older:) )

    • LauraP December 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

      Bingo, Agi! You got it!

      Finding Neverland (2004) and (the wonderful indeed)Kate Winslet is the route to take to get from Johnny to Jeremy.

      James McAvoy is a good one. What a talented guy! I loved his Tom Lefroy in Becoming Jane. There are several ways to get from him to Jeremy. The shortest way is through Paul Bettany: he and McAvoy played brothers in a cute romantic comedy called Wimbledon (2004), and Bettany was in Creation with Jeremy.

      • Agi December 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

        Oh, of course, how could I forget Wimbledom! Thank you! It’s obvious that I was half-dead yesterday. 🙂

  5. Robyn Wildman December 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    Very fun! Agi, James Macavoy was in Becoming Jane & Atonement, so the Anne Hathaway & Keira Knightly connections works. Speaking if Keira, her degree of separation is closer as she was the young daughter in A Village Affair.

    I was able to connect an actress I’ve actually met using a connection listed above. Linda Hunt ( Oscar winner, best supporting actress for The Year of Living Dangerously) was in Stranger than Fiction with Emma Thomson. Linda and Jeremy also have a director connection. They both worked with Robert Altman. Linda was in Pret-a-Porter.

    I need to get working on the Baryshnikov connection. He has a soft spot in my heart!

    • LauraP December 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

      Glad you’re enjoying 6D of JN, Robyn!

      Becoming Jane was my first thought for a connection between JN and James McAvoy, but see my reply to Agi above for a closer link.

      And you get a Jeremy Gold Star for getting the closer link to Keira Knightley! Gill actually pointed it out to me when I sent her this piece, but I thought I’d leave it out and see who noticed it first. I had forgotten KK and JN worked together in A Village Affair! One Degree of Jeremy Northam for Ms. Knightley it is!

      Well done making a connection with Linda Hunt! And twice no less! I’ve never seen Pret a Porter, so I didn’t realize LH was in it. I have enjoyed her in everything I’ve ever seen her in. A remarkable actress!

      • Robyn Wildman December 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

        I had forgotten MacAvoy was in Wimbledon. So KK connection to MacAvoy would be equal, since she was in AVA, right?

        Linda is a fabulous actress! I enjoy her work very much. She is the neighbor of a friend and we’ve been invited to the same events a few times. She’s lovely to chat with.

  6. Robyn Wildman December 2, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Ok. A Baryshinkov connection: Mischa was in The Turning Point with Tom Skerritt, who was in Whiteout with Kate Beckinsale. there to The Golden Bowl. There were connections through Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft, too, but with an additional degree of separation.

    • LauraP December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

      Nicely done, Robyn! But there’s still a closer link. Hint: Go back to Mr. Altman.

      My husband helps me with Kate B’s more recent work in action/adventure films. He loved her in Whiteout, but has never seen The Golden Bowl. We have similar tastes in music, but it takes us hours to pick out a movie to see together. Lol!

      • Robyn Wildman December 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

        OK, Laura. Mischa was in White Nights with Helen Mirren, who was in Gosford Park! And I own both films! Why didn’t I think of it sooner?

  7. Gill Fraser Lee December 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Please somebody stop me or I’ll never sleep …! Okay, Steve Martin was in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Michael Caine, who was in The Statement with Jeremy.

  8. LauraP December 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Ooh! A Jeremy Gold Star for you, too! That’s a great 2-degree link! I didn’t think of that.

    My brother made my family watch DRS (1988) back when it first came out, telling us we’d enjoy it despite all appearances. My brother was right. What a funny movie!

    There is yet another 2-degree link between JN and Steve Martin…

    • LauraP December 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

      As for the Bob Dylan connection, well done you and your hubby!

      Mr. LP and I took 4 degrees as well: Dylan starred in Masked and Anonymous (2003) with John Goodman, who was in Barton Fink (1991) with Judy Davis, who was in Impromptu (1991) with Emma Thompson, who was in Carrington with JN. (I’m telling you, those steamy scenes really pay off in this game!)

      I supplied the Judy Davis/Impromptu info in our link. Davis stars as one of my heroes, George Sand, in that film–which also features a terrific performance by the much-maligned (by me) Hugh Grant as Frederic Chopin.

      • LauraP December 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

        Okay. Mr. LP has come up trumps with a link between Bob Dylan and JN that’s only 2 degrees.

        He had to do some digging in his vast library of Bob Dylan books to get it–remind me to never again tease him about how many books he has on the guy!

        It turns out Dylan played an aging rock star in a little seen movie from 1987 called Hearts of Fire. The film was never released in the US and is only available in VHS, but it also starred Rupert Everett (An Ideal Husband).

        So there you are. Two degrees between BD and JN!

    • Robyn Wildman December 2, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

      2 degrees to Steve Martin: Jeremy was in The Tudors with Henry Czerny, who was in The Pink Panther with Steve.

      • LauraP December 3, 2010 at 12:07 am #

        Oh, right Robyn! McAvoy to KK to JN is 2 degrees just like McAvoy to Bettany to JN. Had another Duh! moment there…

        Good work with both Barishnikov and Martin!

        That was the connection I was thinking of for Mischa: Helen Mirren and White Nights (1985).

        That’s another Martin link I didn’t think of! I didn’t know the Duke of Norfolk and Inspector Clouseau worked together! Lol. But there’s still another connection out there. Who knew you could link Steve Martin and Jeremy so many ways?!

        I’m so glad to hear Ms. Hunt is nice in person. How cool that you could link her to Mr. N!

      • Robyn Wildman December 3, 2010 at 8:40 am #

        Rebecca Pidgeon (The Winslow Boy) was in Shopgirl with Steve Martin.

        How about trying Olympia Dukakis? I just started reading her autobiography. There is at least one 2 degree connection. I think we find one connection and its great, when there are other possibilities!

        It was cool when the connections to Linda were so close. I can use the info should I ever have to introduce them, haha!

  9. Agi December 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Ok, I have another question. 🙂 But just for you, non Hungarians, as I’m interested how easy it is for you. Or not.

    Link Jeremy with Istvan Szabo Oscar Winning Hungarian director.

    • Robyn Wildman December 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

      Agi, Szabo directed Being Julia, with Juliet Stevenson, who was Mrs. Elton in Emma.

      It’s amazing how many people we’re finding within 2 degrees! It shows how long and varied his career has been

      • LauraP December 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

        Wow, Robyn! You’re good at this game!! Extra Jeremy Gold Stars for you!

        Rebecca Pidgeon is the actor I was thinking of, but I forgot she was in Shopgirl. She was also in The Spanish Prisoner (1997), written & directed by her husband David Mamet, with Steve Martin. THAT was actually the link I had in mind.

        I never would have gotten Agi’s challenge–and I loved Being Julia (2004). Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons (“the other Jeremy”) are fabulous in it. BTW, the screenwriter on Being Julia was Ronald Harwood, who also wrote The Statement.

  10. LauraP December 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Robyn: for Olympia Dukakis (great suggestion, btw) in 2 degrees, how about Mighty Aphrodite (1995) with Mira Sorvino (Mimic)?

    NB: for anyone who wants to continue 6 Degrees of JN further, I’m starting a thread at Jeremy Northam Information. We can continue to find out how closely JN is linked to all his fellow actors there. 🙂

    • Robyn Wildman December 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

      Olympia was also in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines with Gabrielle Anwar from The Tudors. Another 2 degree find. I’ll look forward to trying more on JNI!

  11. Agi December 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Good find Robyn, but I had something else in my mind:).
    But it was good that you mentioned Being Julia, I love that film!

    • LauraP December 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

      Agi, how about Sunshine (1999) with Jennifer Ehle (Possession)?

      I have to admit I never saw this one, but it’s on my list of Films I Need to See, so I was aware of it. Ehle works with her mother, Rosemary Harris, in it. That piqued my curiosity as well as wanting to see more of Ehle’s work.

      • Robyn Wildman December 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

        I haven’t seen Sunshine, but it sounds good. I just put it in my Netflix queue. Another benefit of the game. Movie suggestions!

      • Agi December 4, 2010 at 10:20 am #

        Yes! I was thinking of Sunshine! That’s a really fab film, and that’s where I met Ehle and James Frain the first time. I just could recomend that film to everyone! Great great cast, awesome, but hard movie, and you can know our history a bit better.

        Just to know, what I’m talking about.

    • Robyn Wildman December 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

      I enjoyed Being Julia, too

  12. joan aka HazelP December 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    Ronald Colman….JN worked with Lynn Redgrave in Three Sisters. Lynn Redgrave worked with Claudette Colbert in Aren’t We All. Claudette Colbert worked with Henry Wilcoxon in Cleopatra. Henry Wilcoxon worked with Greer Garson in Mrs Miniver. Greer Garson worked with Ronald Colman in Random Harvest.

    • Gill Fraser Lee December 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

      That’s a great one, Joan! As you know, I have a soft spot for Mr Colman. How about Jeremy and Robert Donat, the two Sir Robert Mortons … ? Jenny, where are you?

  13. joan aka HazelP December 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Marilyn Monroe…JN worked with Vanessa Redgrave in Three Sisters. Vanessa Redgrave worked with Maximilian Schell in Julia. Maximillan Schell worked with Burt Lancaster in Judgement at Nuremberg. Burt Lancaster worked with Tony Curtis in Trapeze. Tony Curtis worked with Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot.

    • Jenny Ketcham January 25, 2011 at 2:23 am #

      Howbout Marilyn Monroe with Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl… LO was in War Requiem with Tilda Swinton (his last film)… Tilda was of course in The Statement with JN…. your rule is pretty close to true, at most three links to JN with any British connection!

      • LauraP February 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

        Very nice, Jenny! Marilynn Monroe in 3 degrees and Lord Olivier in two. : )
        Thanks for that!

  14. joan aka HazelP December 3, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Robert Donat….easy. JN worked with Lynn Redgrave in Three Sisters. Lynn Redgrave worked with Claudette Colbert in Aren’t We All. Claudette Colbert worked with Henry Wilcoxon in Cleopatra. Henry Wilcoxon worked with Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver. Greer Garson worked with Robert Donat in Goodbye Mr. Chips.

    • Gill Fraser Lee December 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

      Of course! Well done Joan, Greer Garson it is!

      • LauraP December 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

        Wow, Joan! You know your classic movies. I’m very impressed! So, 5 degrees between the two film Sir Robert Mortons.

  15. Fenchurch May 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    My hubby is the walking encyclopaedia when it comes to films, actors, directors etc, but Jeremy’s brother Chris was my piano and singing teacher for a while. Does that count?

    • Gill Fraser Lee May 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

      It most certainly does count, lucky you! Thanks for joining at JN Info, looking forward to chatting! 🙂

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